Global Patent Index - EP 3227410 A1

EP 3227410 A1 2017-10-11 - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING HYDROCARBONS

Title (en)

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING HYDROCARBONS

Title (de)

VERFAHREN UND VORRICHTUNG ZUR VERARBEITUNG VON KOHLENWASSERSTOFFEN

Title (fr)

PROCÉDÉ ET APPAREIL POUR LE TRAITEMENT D'HYDROCARBURES

Publication

EP 3227410 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 15805139 A

Priority

  • GB 201421261 A
  • EP 2015078242 W

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO2016087459A1] A method and apparatus are provided which breaking down compounds, typically hydrocarbons, through oxidation. The compounds may still be in-situ or in a man-made location such as a storage tank or a pipeline. The method for the processing of hydrocarbons within a location, provides for: • a) introducing two electrodes into the location containing the hydrocarbons; • b) providing connections between a voltage source and the electrodes; • c) applying a voltage of a first polarity to the connections for a first period of time, under the control of a voltage controller; • d) applying a voltage of a second, reversed, polarity to the connections for a second period of time, under the control of the voltage controller; • e) repeating steps c) and d); steps c), d) and e) promoting the generation of free radicals thereby promoting a reduction in the length of the carbon chain and/or a reduction in the sulphur content and/or a reduction in the heavy metal content of the hydrocarbons.

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

C10G 15/08 (2006.01); E21B 43/16 (2006.01); E21B 43/24 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

C10G 15/08 (2013.01); C10G 32/02 (2013.01); E21B 43/16 (2013.01); E21B 43/2401 (2013.01)

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

Designated extension state (EPC)

BA ME

EPO simple patent family

WO 2016087459 A1 20160609; CA 2969363 A1 20160609; EP 3227410 A1 20171011; GB 201421261 D0 20150114; US 2017306245 A1 20171026

INPADOC legal status


2018-03-07 [DAV] REQUEST FOR VALIDATION OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT (IN ANY COUNTRY) (DELETED)

2018-03-07 [DAX] REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT (TO ANY COUNTRY) (DELETED)

2017-10-11 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20170630

2017-10-11 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A1

- Designated State(s): AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

2017-10-11 [AV] REQUEST FOR VALIDATION OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT IN:

- Countries: MA MD

2017-10-11 [AX] REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT TO:

- Countries: BA ME